Forum on Foster Care

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Marriott Marquis Hotel | 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
9:30 Registration | 10:00 AM – 12:30PM Program

Hosted by: Kathryn Jean Lopez

Featuring: Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Charmaine Yoest, Randy Hicks, Kathleen Domingo,

Lisa Ann Wheeler, Dr. Sharen Ford, Elizabeth Kirk, Sarah Zagorski, and Natalie Goodnow

Recently there has been a spike in the number of children entering in to foster care. The need for partnership and a renewed sense of urgency is critical – particularly when it comes to faith-based communities. In order to shine a light on these needs, National Review Institute will assemble leaders in faith, government, and policy communities to raise awareness, identify some of the key challenges, establish new relationships, and highlight resources and solutions. We hope that you will join us for this important conversation.



Welcoming Remarks by Kathryn Jean Lopez
Panel Discussion on Fostering a Culture of Engagement: The Urgency of Faith Based  Leadership in Foster Care and Adoption  

Moderated by Kathryn Jean Lopez  | Panelists: Randy Hicks, Charmaine Yoest, Natalie Goodnow, Lisa Ann Wheeler

Panel Discussion on Uniting and Healing: Connecting People and Resources without Delay

Moderated by Kathryn Jean Lopez | Panelists: Kathleen Domingo, Dr. Sharen Ford, Sarah Zagorski

Conversation with Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City
Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Kirk
Closing Remarks by Kathryn Jean Lopez

About Our Speakers

Kathleen Domingo is director of the Office of Live, Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Sharon Ford is the program director for Focus on the Family’s adoption and orphan care efforts. Previously, Ford worked for child welfare services at the State Department of Human Services where she served as manager for permanency services. She has also taught middle school, high school, adult and remedial education courses.

Natalie Goodnow is a research fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a former research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, and a former fellow at Lutheran Services in America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Randy Hicks is the president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Opportunity and served on the Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law. Hicks earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in theology from Biola University.

Elizabeth Kirk is an independent scholar who writes and speaks on religious freedom and family law with a special interest in adoption. Kirk has clerked for the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and taught law at Catholic University of America and at Ave Maria School of Law. She served as associate director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture and as a resident fellow at the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor at large of NR, and a senior fellow at NRI where she directs the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society. She is a nationally syndicated columnist with Andrews McMeel Universal. Lopez has been published by a wide variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, America, Stars and Stripes, The National Catholic Register, and First Things.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann serves as Archbishop of Kansas City. The Archbishop is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities and also sits on the Pro-Life and Communications committees. He serves on the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees and Board of Regents for Conception Seminary. Archbishop Nauman is also chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

Lisa Ann Wheeler is the founder and president of Carmel Communications. She managed marketing and publicity campaigns for The Passion of the Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia, YOUCAT, Heaven is For Real, Lent and Advent at Ephesus, Ear of the Heart, Hacksaw Ridge, and I Can Only Imagine. Wheeler also runs the largest special needs and Christmas gift program for children in the Georgia foster care system.

Charmaine Yoest is the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Public Affairs. Previously, she was president and CEO of Americans United for Life, vice president of the Family Research Council, a senior fellow at American Values, and a senior advisor for Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Sarah Zagorski has served as the executive director of Colorado Citizens for Life, communications director at Louisiana Right to Life, and was a staff writer for